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Chequered flag. That's the end of the second test. Today's report is up and stay with us for all the reaction from the drivers. We'll be back with live coverage of the third test from Bahrain on Thursday.
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The session will not restart
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Raikkonen dropped it coming out of Turn 4 and spun to the inside of the track, hitting the barrier and damaging the car
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Red flag. Raikkonen has binned it
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A little rush at the end of the session as Raikkonen, Nasr, Maldonado, Vergne, Kobayashi and Bianchi are all out on track
13:50
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And we are green again, with Kobayashi heading out with less than 10 minutes to run
13:48
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The Sauber is back in the pits, but when the track goes green again there will be no movement from Rosberg who has already changed out of his race suit
13:39
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It's Sutil who has stopped somewhere in the final sector
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A bit more movement now as Kobayashi is joined by Sutil, Vergne and Nasr... but we have a red flag
13:30
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Half an hour to go in the day and just Kobayashi out there at the moment
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On the other side of that, 15 laps for Ricciardo looks likely to be Red Bull's total...
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This has been a much better day for Lotus, with Maldonado completing 55 laps so far and on track at present
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Vergne starting to get a few more laps on the board for Toro Rosso - 11 now with a best of 1:40.993
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Maldonado improves his best time to a 1:38.707 - the fastest time from a Renault-powered car this week
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Kobayashi immediately setting times. A 1:44.286 his best so far
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Kobayashi emerges in the Caterham for the first time today. The team has been hard at work since Ericsson stopped on track very early in the day
13:03
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We are green again with just under an hour left of this second test
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Times with one hour remaining: Rosberg (1:33.283 / 89 laps), Button (1:34.957 / 66), Raikkonen (1:36.718 / 70), Nasr (1:37.569 / 74), Perez (1:39.258 / 19), Ricciardo (1:39.837 / 15), Maldonado (1:40.792 / 12), Vergne (1:41.784 / 6), Ericsson (1:45.094 / 4), Sutil (No time / 5), Bianchi (No time / 3)
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The car is on its way back to the pits where the mobile crane is waiting to remove it from the truck
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Rosberg has pulled off the track on the inside of Turn 3
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It's Rosberg again this time. Maldonado has just returned to the pits
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Red flag: Rosberg and Maldonado yet to return to the pits...
12:46
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Sutil and Maldonado back on track, the latter setting a 1:40.792
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Nasr improves his best time to a 1:37.569. Half a second off the fastest time for Williams this week
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Can you tell I've been in the pit lane just now?
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Raikkonen heads out on track after that lull in proceedings
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As for Sutil's issues, Sauber confirms to Crash that "there was a problem with an interior part of the monocoque. Therefore, we changed the chassis."
12:18
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Still no sign of Ricciardo after just 15 laps today. Red Bull in really big trouble here with this lack of running
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It's all gone quiet outside with less than two hours to go. Track is empty.
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Rosberg's fastest time was set on the soft tyres earlier
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Rosberg's completed his race simulation and is back in the pits. 86 laps to his name today and a time 1.6s quicker than Button. Impressive.
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Sutil has finally appeared in the Sauber with two hours left of this test. Sauber says the car "threw a bit of a tantrum". Nicely put
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Times after six hours: Rosberg (1:33.283 / 85 laps), Button (1:34.957 / 61), Raikkonen (1:36.718 / 55), Nasr (1:38.764 / 63), Perez (1:39.258 / 19), Ricciardo (1:39.837 / 15), Maldonado (1:41.516 / 32), Vergne (1:41.784 / 6), Ericsson (1:45.094 / 4)
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The full Mercedes-powered total for the day so far is 209 laps
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Button and Rosberg continue to clock up the laps. For a comparison, between the two of them they've completed 133 laps, while the four Renault-powered teams have a total of 57 laps and the three Ferrari teams 56
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Rosberg straight back in to his race simulation and and he's joined by Button and Bianchi on track
11:39
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The truck returns the E22 to the pits and the light at the end of the pit lane goes green
11:35
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Still under red flags as the recovery truck has yet to make its way back to the pit lane
11:29
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Maldonado is somewhere in the final sector. He was on an out lap after a spell in the pits
11:27
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Rosberg returns to the pits - his race sim interrupted - and Button is not far behind so it's Maldonado who has stopped
11:26
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Red flag: Button, Rosberg and Maldonado out on track...
11:13
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Only Rosberg on track at the moment as he carries out a race simulation. The Mercedes running reliably now after his earlier brief stop
11:09
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Sergio Perez hasn't run for a while and is enjoying a kickabout in the paddock at the moment, while there's still no sign of Adrian Sutil's Sauber
11:08
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Apologies for the brief silence, had been down at Lotus which seems happier with its running as it focuses on data logging
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Times after five hours: Rosberg (1:33.283 / 60 laps), Button (1:34.957 / 43), Raikkonen (1:36.718 / 53), Nasr (1:39.036 / 55), Perez (1:39.258 / 19), Ricciardo (1:39.837 / 15), Maldonado (1:41.516 / 30), Vergne (1:41.784 / 6), Ericsson (1:45.094 / 4)
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Times after four hours: Rosberg (1:33.283 / 27 laps), Button (1:34.957 / 39), Raikkonen (1:36.718 / 42), Nasr (1:39.036 / 47), Perez (1:39.258 / 19), Ricciardo (1:39.837 / 13), Vergne (1:41.784 / 6), Maldonado (1:41.880 / 16), Ericsson (1:45.094 / 4)
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Raikkonen sets a 1:36.718 while Maldonado improves to a 1:41.880
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Maldonado, Button and Raikkonen on track, while Bianchi has completed a second installation lap
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Nasr still out on track and he has the whole circuit to himself for now. He's had the most productive day so far too, having completed 42 laps
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Nasr completes a couple of laps in the 1m39.0s but can't break in to the 1m38s yet
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Maldonado now down in to the 1m44s as he starts to slowly increase his pace on this run
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Raikkonen improves his best time to a 1:37.132 while Maldonado does a lap ten seconds slower to register his first time
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Raikkonen is joined on track by Maldonado
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Track action had been lacking to such an extent that the security camera had fixed on a billboard being taken down above the pit buildings...
09:22
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Bianchi heads out for the first time today in the Marussia. Chilton only managed four laps yesterday
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Silence falls over the circuit as both Ricciardo and Nasr pit
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12 laps so far for Ricciardo who continues to circulate along with Nasr in the Williams
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While Marussia works to get the car ready to run today, we've still not seen the Sauber either and no word from the team as to the reason for the delay
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Times after three hours: Rosberg (1:33.283 / 22 laps), Button (1:34.957 / 34), Raikkonen (1:37.645 / 26), Nasr (1:39.129 / 28), Perez (1:39.258 / 19), Ricciardo (1:39.837 / 8), Vergne (1:41.784 / 6), Ericsson (1:45.094 / 4)
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Ricciardo now under the 1m40s mark with a 1:39.837
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Ricciardo gets a time on the board with a 1:40.138, while Button improves to a 1:34.957
08:51
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And the track is green again. Raikkonen and Ricciardo straight out on track
08:49
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The Force India returns to the pits on the back of the recovery truck so we should be green again soon
08:41
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Red flag: Perez the man who hasn't made it back to the pits
08:32
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Caterham confirms the problem that stopped Ericsson means he won't be back in the car today, with Kobayashi taking over for the afternoon
08:29
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Raikkonen improves his best time of the day to a 1:37.645 - 4.3s off Rosberg and 0.9s slower than Button
08:24
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Rosberg goes quicker again with a 1:33.283 - now within a second of last year's pole
08:20
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The top two on the timesheets - Rosberg and Button - are out getting some more laps under their belts. Over two hours gone and just one lap for Red Bull...
08:08
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Perez gets a time on the board, setting a 1:39.258
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That lap time is just 1.3s off Rosberg's pole position time from last year's race here
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And Rosberg going very quickly ... three fastest sectors and a 1:33.662
08:03
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Rosberg already back out on track so clearly not a major issue which caused him to stop 30 minutes ago
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Times after two hours: Rosberg (1:34.810 / 16 laps), Button (1:36.732 / 19), Raikkonen (1:38.250 / 14), Nasr (1:39.129 / 18), Vergne (1:41.784 / 6), Ericsson (1:45.094 / 4)
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Button, Raikkonen and Nasr on track, the latter lowering his best time to a 1:39.151
07:48
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Rosberg's car had been recovered to the pits and we are green again
07:40
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The Mercedes had pulled to a stop on the inside of Turn 1 so obviously noticed a problem as soon as the car was released
07:37
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Rosberg returns to the track after a quiet spell, but immediately causes a red flag
07:32
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Marussia tells Crash that it doesn't know when it will be out today and that it is "still in recovery mode" after yesterday's power unit change
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Maldonado emerges in the Lotus for the first time today after little running for the team so far this week
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Perez heads out on to an empty track in the Force India. He's yet to set a time in seven laps
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Button, Raikkonen, Nasr and Perez on track. Yet to see Lotus, Sauber or Marussia today
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Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:36.237 ahead of Button on a 1:37.423
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Nasr now fastest with a 1:40.026. The fastest Williams time of the week so far was a 1:37.066 from Felipe Massa yesterday
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And Nasr immediately sets a time, posting a 1:42.194
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Felipe Nasr makes his first appearance in the Williams and he's running the number 40
06:47
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Perez completes another installation lap and returns to the pits to leave the track empty
06:42
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Vergne with his first time of the day - a 1:41.784
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Rosberg and Vergne break the silence, soon joined by Raikkonen
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Green flag: No quick movement from the pit lane though
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The recovery truck is making use of said shortcut and bringing the car back to the paddock, so we should be green again soon
06:23
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Should be quite a quick recovery compared to some of the delays we've seen this week. There's a shortcut from there across the drag strip and in to the paddock
06:22
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The Caterham has stopped coming out of Turn 10 with the rear of the car smoking
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Red flag. Ericsson has now stopped out on track
06:20
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Ricciardo safely back to the pits while Ericsson sets the first time of the day - a 1:45.094
06:17
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Pretty crucial day for Red Bull after it suspended running yesterday with another mechanical issue. Ricciardo has just ventured out on track
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The track is empty again with six cars having completed installation laps, although a piece of debris was just collected by a marshal near Turn 5. Not sure which car it came off...
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Perez and Raikkonen also head out, while Button remains on track for a third lap
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It's Vergne in the Toro Rosso today and he's out on track too for an installation lap
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Rosberg and Button also out on track early
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Green flag: First out on track is Ericsson in the Caterham
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The teams are getting exactly what they expected in terms of weather with another clear, warm and sunny day in store. Perfect for testing
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Today's driver line-up: Ricciardo, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Button, Maldonado, Perez, Sutil, Vergne, Nasr, Bianchi, Ericsson/Kobayashi
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Felipe Nasr was announced as the Williams test and reserve driver overnight and will be driving for the team today
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Good morning from the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the final day of the second pre-season test
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Stick with us for a full report and reaction on the website
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The chequered flag is out and Hamilton ends the day on top from Button. They're both over two seconds clear of the rest of the field
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Button completes his 100th lap of the day while Kvyat improves to a 1:38.974
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Massa up to third quickest but still some 2.8s off the headline pace set by Hamilton
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Raikkonen leading a bit of a recovery for Ferrari as he starts his 38th lap following issues this morning
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Hamilton returns after the Mercedes hyrdaulic issue is resolved
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It's a very quiet garage down at Red Bull. Looks like Ricciardo's running is done for the day after 28 laps
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Those two are joined by Massa who has completed 39 laps. With Bottas doing 55 earlier it's actually Williams with the highest total and approaching the 100-lap mark for the second day in a row
13:06
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Just Ericsson and Button lapping at the moment - the two cars with the most mileage so far today
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Times with one hour to go: Hamilton (1:34.263 / 45 laps), Button (1:34.976 / 73), Gutierrez (1:37.180 / 85), Perez (1:37.367 / 43), Massa (1:39.528 / 35), Maldonado (1:39.642 / 21), Raikkonen (1:40.019 / 25), Kvyat (1:40.496 / 43), Ricciardo (1:40.781 / 28), Ericsson (1:42.905 / 82), Chilton (1:46.672 / 4), Bottas (No time / 55)
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A busy track trying to make the most of what is left today. Button, Perez, Massa, Raikkonen and Ericsson out there
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We are green again as we approach the last hour of the day
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It appears Hamilton has a hydraulic issue but Mercedes tweets that it is hopeful of running again today
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Red flag: Maldonado has stopped out on track again. So maybe Lotus hadn't quite solved the earlier problem...
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Button appears to be on a race simulation this afternoon, while Raikkonen heads back out to join him
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Perez improves to a 1:38.221 before following it up with a slow lap to cool the tyres
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Button, Perez and Ericsson out on track at the moment. Track temp was in the 40s earlier but is starting to drop a bit now
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Raikkonen heads back out for a fresh installation lap and returns to the pits. Less than two hours for Ferrari to catch up on running today
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Ericsson is 8.6s off the pace at present, with Kamui Kobayashi having said yesterday that the Renault is down "over 20/30kmh" to the Mercedes engine on the straights
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Ericsson is closing in on on Gutierrez for the most laps today, having completed 60 compared to 65 for Sauber
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Massa is now carrying out pit stop practice at Williams, while Perez heads out for another run
11:23
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A quiet start to the afternoon as only Gutierrez is out on track. Still no sign of Ferrari, Lotus or Marussia after their respective issues today
11:07
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Button stalled at the pit entry a few minutes ago, giving the McLaren mechanics a bit of a workout
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Times after five hours: Hamilton (1:34.263 / 39 laps), Button (1:34.976 / 41), Gutierrez (1:37.180 / 53), Perez (1:38.753 / 24), Massa (1:39.528 / 11), Maldonado (1:39.642 / 19), Kvyat (1:40.496 / 43), Ricciardo (1:40.781 / 23), Raikkonen (1:41.336 / 12), Ericsson (1:42.905 / 55), Chilton (1:46.672 / 4), Bottas (No time / 55)
11:00
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Telemetry issues appear to be keeping Raikkonen in the garage - he's changed in to jeans and the garage is surrounded by red Ferrari screens
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Massa has taken over the Williams from Bottas and completed six laps so far with a best time of 1:39.528
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Kvyat and Ericsson have joined Button out on track, and Kvyat improves to a 1:40.496 to go sixth fastest above Ricciardo
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Button improves again to a 1:34.976. He's got the track to himself for the moment
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Times dropping this afternoon. Button with a 1:35.682 goes second fastest, 1.4s slower than Hamilton
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And as I say that, the track goes green again!
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Still red, giving the teams time to grab a bit of lunch
09:53
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Red flag: Maldonado has stopped out on track
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No signs of Raikkonen for a few hours after his 12 laps and he's been walking around the paddock as work continues on the F14 T
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Bottas now has 48 laps to his name without setting a time
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In a short gap there many of the media were part of some NBC filming which saw some serious questions asked to a camera...
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Gutierrez has gone second fastest but is still 3 seconds off Hamilton's time
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Times after three hours: Hamilton (1:34.263 / 25 laps), Button (1:38.359 / 14), Gutierrez (1:39.325 / 34), Maldonado (1:39.642 / 18), Perez (1:40.369 / 7), Raikkonen (1:41.336 / 12), Kvyat (1:41.612 / 14), Ricciardo (1:41.629 / 17), Ericsson (1:43.602 / 19), Chilton (1:46.672 / 4), Bottas (No time / 38)
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Perez and Kvyat head out on track. That's just the fifth lap of the day for Perez
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And it's a very quick time - a 1:34.263 which is less than two seconds off pole here last year...
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Hamilton is back out and going very quickly...
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The track has fallen silent with all cars in the pits. Chilton doesn't look like returning any time soon as he's out of his overalls and walking around at Marussia
08:23
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Encouraging signs from Maldonado who is fourth quickest for Lotus after 18 laps. Still 4.8s off Hamilton though
08:18
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Ricciardo has already completed 12 laps and is still out on track. Not lapping quickly but mileage is crucial for Red Bull
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Bottas has now completed 24 laps as Williams carries out pit stop practice this morning
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Perez has finally emerged too and opened with a 1:40.369
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Hamilton sets the fastest time of the week so far with a 1:34.813
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Raikkonen sets a 1:41.336, fifth quickest so far but six seconds off Hamilton
07:53
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Hamilton improves again to a 1:35.505 before pitting. Ricciardo is back out for his second lap
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Bottas has now completed 18 laps but is yet to set a time
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Times after 90 minutes: Hamilton (1:35.812 / 10 laps), Button (1:38.359 / 14), Gutierrez (1:40.261 / 15), Maldonado(1:41.180 / 10), Kvyat (1:41.612 / 12), Ericsson (1:44.386 / 15), Chilton (1:46.672 / 4)
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The track is busy with Hamilton, Button, Maldonado, Kvyat, Ericsson and Bottas out there. Hamilton has taken another 0.016s off his best time too
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Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:35.828 - a quick time early in the day. Button P2 but three seconds slower
07:19
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Installation lap complete for Ricciardo and he's back in the pits. Perez still yet to be seen in the Force India
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Ricciardo hits the track in the RB10 for the first time today
07:14
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Despite the use of a shortcut from the recovery truck that was still a delay of almost half an hour. Green again now.
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The Marussia is now returning on the back of a recovery truck after a delay of over 20 minutes
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Still under reds as we wait for the Marussia to return to the pits. It appears Chilton had an engine problem...
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It looks like the Marussia has stopped in the middle sector
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Red flag: Chilton has stopped out on track
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Kvyat getting in some early laps and he sets a 1:41.954
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Ericsson has posted a lap time but it is over ten seconds off the other time set by Gutierrez
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Kvyat is out on track too, so just Ricciardo and Perez yet to be seen so far today
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Maldonado has emerged for his first lap in the Lotus this week
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Gutierrez sets the first time of the day with a 1:40.865
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Raikkonen heads out for his first lap of the week
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The three Brits of Chilton, Button and Hamilton also complete installation laps - Hamilton continuing for a second lap
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Green flag: Bottas, Ericsson and Gutierrez swiftly out on track
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Friday's driver line-up: Ricciardo, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Button, Maldonado, Perez, Gutierrez, Bottas/Massa, Kvyat, Chilton and Ericsson
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It was an impressive time from Kevin Magnussen that saw him go quickest on Thursday on the supersoft tyres, but there's definitely more to come from McLaren's rivals
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We're at the halfway stage of pre-season testing with six days down and six to go. For the majority of teams, attention is turning from learning the car to performance
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Good morning from the Bahrain International Circuit. Day three of the second pre-season test will kick off in 30 minutes
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CHEQUERED FLAG: Magnussen ends the day fastest after a lap on super softs, leaving him 1.5s clear of the field
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Kobayashi improves to sixth place with a 1:39.855 - that's quicker than Vettel has managed today
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Chilton rejoins and Marussia says it was a fuel system problem which had kept him in the garage
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Kobayashi has also jumped above Chilton at the bottom of the timesheets with a 1:42.070
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An improvement for Alonso. He sets a 1:36.932 to go third quickest
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It's been a tough day for Marussia, with Max Chilton managing just 14 laps and he hasn't been seen on track for a number of hours
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Felipe Massa had a tough day yesterday, but Bottas has just clocked up his 100th lap of the day for Williams
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Magnussen keeps going quicker. He's just done a 1:34.910
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Latest times: Magnussen (1:35.489 / 23), Hulkenberg (1:36.445 / 45), Rosberg (1:36.965 / 59), Bottas (1:37.635 / 94), Alonso (1:37.700 / 85 laps), Vettel (1:40.340 / 49), Vergne (1:40.609 / 57), Gutierrez (1:40.717 / 55), Grosjean (1:41.670 / 18), Chilton, (1:42.511 / 14), Kobayashi (1:42.776 / 46)
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Bottas looks likely to break the 100-lap barrier on this long run. He's just completed his 91st lap of the day with 50 minutes to go
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That time from Magnussen is 3.1s off the pole position time from last year's Bahrain Grand Prix
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Bang. Magnussen goes fastest by almost a second with a 1:35.489
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Magnussen is back out on track and improving his best time. He's now third quickest on a 1:37.078
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Hulkenberg is back in the pits after Rosberg improves his own best time to a 1:36.965
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Hulkenberg going quickly... Very quickly. A new best time of 1:36.445
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After quite a long delay, we're green again with 90 minutes left to run today
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We've got a red flag and it's Gutierrez who has stopped out on track
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Kobayashi and Gutierrez both out on track, and the latter has just lowered his best time to a 1:40.717
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Times after six hours: Hulkenberg (1:37.211 / 35), Rosberg (1:37.368 / 46), Bottas (1:37.635 / 61), Alonso (1:37.700 / 69 laps), Magnussen (1:39.958 / 11), Vettel (1:40.340 / 42), Vergne (1:40.609 / 56), Gutierrez (1:41.135 / 48), Grosjean (1:41.670 / 15), Chilton, (1:42.511 / 14), Kobayashi (1:44.354 / 33)
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Hulkenberg shaves another 0.004s off his best time. 0.489s now covers the top four cars (Force India, Mercedes, Williams and Ferrari)
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Hulkenberg takes top spot from Rosberg with a 1:37.215, still almost 0.4s off his best from yesterday though
11:44
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The fastest three cars so far today - Rosberg, Bottas and Alonso - are all on track together
11:44
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Rosberg has done another five timed laps since his fastest - after a lap to let the tyres recover he's done a 1:37.8 followed by a 1:39.7, a 1:40.0 and another 1:39.7
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Rosberg takes to the track and promptly goes fastest with a 1:37.368
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Vettel completes his 40th lap of the day and has Alonso for company out on track
11:22
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Hulkenberg improves his best time to a 1:38.247, while Vettel does the same with a 1:40.340
11:20
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Vettel heads out for what is his 35th lap. That's the same total in one day as Red Bull had managed from the previous five days of testing put together
11:15
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Hulkenberg ends the lull by leaving the pits in the Force India
11:15
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Times after five hours: Bottas (1:37.635 / 50), Alonso (1:37.700 / 49 laps), Hulkenberg (1:38.394 / 24), Magnussen (1:39.958 / 11), Vettel (1:40.540 / 34), Vergne (1:40.609 / 54), Rosberg (1:40.932 / 34), Gutierrez (1:41.135 / 48), Grosjean (1:41.670 / 15), Chilton, (1:42.511 / 14), Kobayashi (1:44.354 / 29)
11:10
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The track remains empty. The field spread has been closing today though, with less than 0.8s covering the top three of Bottas, Alonso and Hulkenberg and 6.7s between all 11 cars despite various issues
11:00
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Vergne makes it 54 laps and pits. Silence again.
11:00
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It remains quiet out there, with just Vergne out on track. 53 laps completed make him the busiest driver of the day so far
10:43
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It appears we may not seen Rosberg for a little while:


10:43
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Magnussen returns to the track after his quiet morning, starting his ninth lap of the day
10:40
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Kobayashi makes the most of the empty circuit and heads out on track. 21 laps for him today now
10:36
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Completely empty track at the moment as many teams take a bit of a lunch break
10:21
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Only Alonso out on track, but Bottas has knocked him off the top of the timing screens by 0.065s with a 1:37.635
10:15
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Vettel runs very wide out of the final corner on his latest lap. He's now completed more laps today than the team managed in total at Jerez
10:06
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Vettel, Alonso, Gutierrez and Kobayashi out on track now we are green again
09:56
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The Toro Rosso returns to the pits on the back of the truck (which has been very busy this lunchtime)
09:47
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Another red flag and this time it is Vergne who has stopped
09:35
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Green again and Bottas goes second with a 1:37.882. Vergne, Gutierrez and Grosjean also on track
09:30
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It definitely was the Mercedes, which is now back in the pits and we'll be green again in a second
09:17
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Vettel has finally made it back to the pits but Rosberg hasn't so he looks to have been the cause again
09:16
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Alonso pits, soon followed by Hulkenberg...
09:14
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Red flag. Alonso, Hulkenberg, Vettel and Rosberg were on track. I think it might be Vettel again...
09:14
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09:14
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Not McLaren's most productive morning. Magnussen doesn't need many laps to set a quick time though as he's currently fourth fastest
09:08
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09:07
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Vettel is enjoying his most productive day of testing so far. He's completed 15 laps now and just improved to a 1:40.540
09:00
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Times after three hours: Alonso (1:37.700 / 25 laps), Hulkenberg (1:38.394 / 18), Bottas (1:38.615 / 33), Magnussen (1:39.958 / 8), Vergne (1:40.609 / 46), Rosberg (1:40.932 / 25), Gutierrez (1:41.135 / 31), Vettel (1:41.370 / 12), Grosjean (1:41.670 / 13), Chilton, (1:42.511 / 14), Kobayashi (1:45.059 / 8)
08:55
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After Vergne's run comes to an end it's now Rosberg and Gutierrez on track. Only Magnussen and Kobayashi (both 8 laps) have yet to reach double figures today
08:45
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A bit of a lull as Vergne has the track to himself at the moment. He's already completed 44 laps today and is currently lapping in the 1m42s.
08:44
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We have lap times from all 11 cars today, with Kobayashi having done a 1:45.059 - some seven seconds off the pace (and two and a half slower than Chilton above him)
08:30
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Kobayashi returns after that early telemetry issue
08:30
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08:26
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Grosjean clocks a 1:41.670, so only Kobayashi still to set a time today
08:22
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Grosjean heads back out for another installation lap, joining Hulkenberg, Bottas, Vettel and Gutierrez
08:19
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Vettel improves his best time to a 1:41.370. He's completed seven laps now, or half of the amount he managed yesterday
08:18
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Red Bull showing a sense of humour about its current plight at least:


08:11
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08:10
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An encouraging start for Toro Rosso so far today. Vergne has just completed his 33rd lap, comfortably the most productive of all the teams
08:08
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The only two drivers yet to set a time so far this morning are Kobayashi (2 laps) and Grosjean (1)
08:00
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Times after two hours: Alonso (1:37.700), Hulkenberg (1:38.394), Bottas (1:38.615), Magnussen (1:39.958), Vergne (1:40.609), Rosberg (1:40.932), Gutierrez (1:41.932), Chilton, (1:42.511), Vettel (1:43.367)
07:53
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Hulkenberg goes third quickest behind Alonso and Bottas. Alonso's fastest lap is still some 0.820s off Hulkenberg's best from Wednesday though
07:52
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Grosjean completes an installation lap and returns to the pits, so we've seen all the cars in the first two hours now
07:40
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And it's quickly back down to something closer to 30C, just as Alonso goes fastest with a 1:37.857
07:36
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According to the track temperature sensor the track is at 72C right now! Somebody's spilled something, I reckon...
07:30
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Times after 90 minutes: Bottas (1:38.615), Magnussen (1:39.958), Vergne (1:41.851), Chilton, (1:42.511), Vettel (1:43.367)
07:29
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Bottas is now lapping alone, but Vettel has set a time of 1:43.367 having completed four laps so far
07:22
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Bottas goes fastest with a 1:38.615 and has been joined by Vettel and Gutierrez
07:20
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Just Bottas out on track at present, while Rosberg has completed a second installation lap after his earlier stoppage
07:10
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Magnussen lowers his best to a 1:39.958. Vergne, Gutierrez, Alonso and Hulkenberg also out on track
07:08
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Magnussen is out on track (I'm trying hard not to call him K-Mag) and has set a 1:40.294 to go fastest
07:04
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Still no sign of Grosjean in the Lotus. Chilton has now completed a timed lap and done a 1:42.511 - just 0.105s off Vergne's best time so far
06:58
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Vettel heads out for an installation lap almost an hour in to today's running
06:51
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Bottas completes an installation lap in the Williams. No sign of the Red Bull or Lotus yet today...
06:47
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Vergne in to double figures already and he pits to leave the track empty again
06:43
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That transponder issue means Chilton isn't appearing on the timing screens but he has completed an installation lap
06:39
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After Ferrari yesterday, the timing screens say the Marussia transponder is not working today
06:33
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Vergne sets the first time of the day with a 1:45.244. He's alone on track now
06:30
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Installation laps going on all over the place now, with Vergne, Gutierrez, Alonso, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg and Magnussen all on track
06:28
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Green flag. Half an hour in to the day and we've only seen two and a bit laps as a result of Rosberg's stoppage
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06:23
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06:20
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Still red for some reason...
06:15
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Still under red flags but the Mercedes is now back in the pits
06:10
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During this stoppage, a press release from Lotus has come through confirming its engine deal with Renault for 2014 and beyond...
06:07
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06:06
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Gutierrez returns to the pits, leaving Rosberg out there. Turn 7 is where he's come to a stop
06:05
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06:05
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Red flag: It must be Rosberg, he didn't complete the second sector
06:05
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And Gutierrez is also on track nice and early. Although Rosberg appears to have stopped...
06:03
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Rosberg also heads out for an installation lap as Vergne returns to the pits
06:01
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The first car out on track is Vergne in the Toro Rosso. Plenty of running needed for that team after another torrid day yesterday - just five laps for Kvyat
06:00
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Green light. Bang on time. No immediate movement...
05:59
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Two minutes until the pit lane opens. It's another clear sunny day here in Bahrain, air temperature is 17C (but definitely warmer in the sun) and track is 30C
05:46
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Today's driver line-up is as follows: Vettel, Rosberg, Alonso, Grosjean, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Gutierrez, Vergne, Bottas, Chilton and Kobayashi
05:40
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Good morning from Bahrain and welcome to the second day of testing. Running gets underway in 20 minutes, assuming we don't have another delay like yesterday morning!
14:31
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A full report will follow on the website, so stick with us for all the reaction to today's running. We'll be back with more live commentary tomorrow.
14:30
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The chequered flag is out and Hulkenberg stays fastest ahead of Alonso and Hamilton
14:20
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10 minutes still to go. Track and air temperature dropping off as the sun sets. Hulkenberg, Alonso, Magnussen and Frijns out on track
14:16
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Alonso runs through the pits and rejoins the track. He's on to his 58th lap now
14:11
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Magnussen out on track and Hulkenberg joins him. Just under 20 minutes to run today. No sign of the floodlights being switched on either
14:02
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Frijns has gone back out for Caterham and probably has a few issues with the low sun but has improved his best time to a 1:42.590
14:01
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We've ticked past 17:00 local time so we're in to the final half hour following the delayed start to the day
13:56
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So Magnussen pits. The sun is going down pretty quickly now...
13:54
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35 minutes to go and only Magnussen is out on track at the moment, having completed 66 laps
13:47
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Williams confirms it was a fuel system issue which has kept it in the garage for most of the day up to now
13:46
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Massa edges back ahead of the Marussia after completing a fourth lap. No time improvements for a while
13:42
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Bianchi heads out for another installation lap. That puts him level with Massa on three laps completed today
13:38
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Bianchi has only completed two laps so far today, the lowest total of all the teams
13:37
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13:36
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Looking at Vettel's tyres after he caused the last red flag, it definitely looks like he's had a spin in the RB10
13:32
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A new personal best from Alonso who has just done a 1:37.879. Second quickest so far today
13:31
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Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Alonso, Sutil and Frijns down to work immediately after the latest red flag
13:28
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The fastest race lap of 2012 was a 1:36.961 set by Vettel, so Hulkenberg is already quicker than that with these new cars. He set the fastest time of today on the soft tyre
13:26
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Vettel's car has been recovered and we have the green flag once again
13:17
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It's going to be pretty dusky by the time we finish running today. Scheduled chequered flag is now at 17:30 local time, and sunset is at 17:33...
13:10
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We also understand that Hamilton won't run again today. Lots of Mercedes personnel were swiftly heading to the garage earlier and Paddy Lowe has confirmed to Crash.net that it is done for the day
13:08
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Looks like Vettel... Yes it is. Not good for Red Bull
13:07
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Another red flag, with Magnussen, Alonso, Vettel and Sutil yet to return to the pits...
13:03
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And Hulkenberg decides to go even faster with a 1:36.880. Alonso (1:39.628) and Vettel (1:41.064) also improve
12:58
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Green flag: The track is open again and Hulkenberg heads straight back out
12:52
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Latest times: Hulkenberg (1:36.953), Hamilton (1:37.908), Magnussen (1:38.295), Sutil (1:40.443), Alonso (1:40.694), Vettel (1:42.309), Frijns (1:42.900), Kvyat (1:44.346), Grosjean (1:44.832)
12:50
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Still over an hour and 40 minutes left today after the delayed start. Plenty of time for more mileage for the likes of Vettel (10 laps), Grosjean (7), Kvyat (5), Massa (3) and Bianchi (2)
12:44
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After a trip to Red Bull - who say getting parts to fit the car caused the slow start to the day - we have a red flag and it's Kvyat who's caused it
12:16
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Not content with that margin, Hulkenberg does a 1:36.953 and is now fastest by almost a second. Vettel appears for another installation lap and pits again.
12:12
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Hulkenberg goes fastest with a 1:37.155, three quarters of a second quicker than Hamilton's best
12:08
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Frijns joins Magnussen out there. The Caterham is comfortably the lead Renault-powered car in terms of laps so far today
11:56
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After that installation lap from Kvyat, he pits to leave Magnussen alone on track
11:53
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The Toro Rosso appears for the first time today - Kvyat is on an out lap
11:47
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Not long after I type that, Hamilton pits. 70 laps so far, with Sutil boasting the next highest total of 57
11:43
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The track getting a little busier as Magnussen, Frijns and Hulkenberg join Hamilton on track - a long run for the Mercedes, which isn't surprising after its reliability in Jerez
11:32
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Hamilton is consistently lapping in the 1m40s now - his last five laps all within 0.3s of each other
11:28
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Hamilton continues to lap after Sutil pits. The Mercedes has completed 61 laps so far today
11:19
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Just the best of friends Hamilton and Sutil on track. To give Red Bull credit, Massa (3 laps) and Bianchi (2) have completed less mileage than Vettel today
11:17
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Hamilton back on track and quickest again, he's dipped under the 1m38s mark with a 1:37.908
11:11
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Latest times: Magnussen (1:38.295), Hamilton (1:39.153), Hulkenberg (1:39.292), Sutil (1:40.443), Alonso (1:40.694), Frijns (1:44.337), Grosjean (1:44.832), Vettel (1:45.095)
11:06
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After three more laps, Vettel pits. He also managed to set a 1:45.095
10:58
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Vettel heads out again with the track to himself this time
10:49
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And Vettel makes it back to the pits as well. One lap on to the Red Bull total
10:47
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STOP PRESS! Vettel heads out on track for the first time today
10:37
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Five cars on track now with Magnussen, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Alonso and Frijns out there
10:36
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And now Magnussen goes fastest with a 1:38.295 - 0.8s clear of the field
10:33
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Hulkenberg improves to a 1:39.292, just 0.068s shy of Magnussen. The top three drivers covered by 0.139s
10:17
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Hamilton has joined the Force India and Caterham on track and just gone quickest with a 1:39.153
09:59
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Hulkenberg and Frijns are first out on track after that stoppage
09:55
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The track is clear and we're green again
09:44
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It is Sutil who has caused it down at Turn 1
09:41
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Red flag. I heard a spinner out there but haven't seen who. Frijns pits as Alonso returns as well...
09:40
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Alonso lapping for Ferrari at the moment, while Sutil is out there too in the Sauber
09:18
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There's no official lunch break here (as in Jerez) but Frijns pits and leaves the track empty for now
09:11
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A (very) brief chat with Helmut Marko, who says "it looks like it" when asked if the RB10 will be out soon. The engine has been fired up...
08:54
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Sutil has the track to himself as we approach midday local time. He's completed the most laps with 24 so far
08:40
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Sutil and Hamilton have now both completed more laps this morning than Red Bull has managed in the whole of pre-season testing so far
08:38
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I might stop posting things about Magnussen. Every time I press enter, he completes another lap and improves! Latest time is a 1:39.266
08:38
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And now Magnussen goes fastest with a 1:39.347
08:35
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And as soon as I post those times, Magnussen sets his first of the day with a 1:41.048 - good enough for second fastest
08:35
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Over two hours of running complete today. Times: Hamilton (1:39.454), Alonso (1:41.115), Sutil (1:42.849), Frijns (1:44.337) and Grosjean (1:44.832)
08:27
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Hamilton immediately delivers the fastest lap of the day so far with a 1:39.573 - fastest in all three sectors and 1.1s quicker than his previous best
08:24
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After a spell of silence, Hamilton heads back out to add to his tally of 11 laps so far
08:15
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08:13
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Frijns is out on track lapping on his own at the moment. He's set a best time of 1:45.238 so far
08:03
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Christian Horner and Guillaume Rocquelin (Vettel's race engineer) are deep in conversation in the paddock at the moment. No running for Vettel in the Red Bull yet
08:02
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07:49
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An hour and 20 minutes in to the first day and still no sign of the Red Bull or Toro Rosso
07:45
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An interesting message on the timing screens: "Ferrari - Transponder not working"
07:43
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Alonso goes second in the early standings with a 1:41.667
07:38
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And the first time from the Lotus is a 1:47.009
07:36
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Grosjean takes the E22 out for another spin
07:32
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Another way to look at it is that Hamilton has managed more than 50% of Red Bull's total testing mileage this morning alone
07:32
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The track is empty once again, with only Hamilton and Sutil having set times. Hamilton already in to double figures on the lap count
07:26
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The two teams yet to emerge? Red Bull and Toro Rosso...
07:24
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If it's any reference, the fastest time of qualifying here last year was a 1:32.330 set by Nico Rosberg
07:22
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Hamilton, Frijns and Bianchi now on track. Hamilton has lowered his best so far to a 1:40.625
07:19
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Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:41.294 while Bianchi has given the Marussia an installation lap
07:17
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Hamilton breaks the silence (not that you can hear the cars in the media centre) by heading out with the track to himself
07:06
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Massa emerges for the first time today in the Williams and pits after an installation lap
07:03
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The half hour delay earlier means we're running until 17:30 local time (14:30 GMT)
07:02
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Alonso joins Sutil on track after his slightly tricky start to the day in the F14 T
06:57
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Sutil is the only car on track at the moment and he lowers his time to a 1:44.335
06:55
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Sutil sets the first time of the test with a 1:48.710
06:47
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06:46
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No times set yet but we've had installation laps from Hamilton, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Alonso, Sutil and Frijns
06:42
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06:42
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Alonso headed out with smoke coming from the back of his Ferrari, but he did make it back to the pits slowly. He drove the car straight behind some Ferrari screens though...
06:41
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And we're back. We've had a green flag, the Lotus was first out and then a brief red flag
06:21
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With the delayed start, we're going to head out in to the paddock to see what's going on
06:18
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Lotus now mentioning the reason could be insufficient marshals available...
06:16
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06:13
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No reason given yet - even the teams seem a bit caught out by this delay
06:10
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And an official message on the timing screens says the start of the session has been delayed
06:04
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06:02
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We've ticked past 9am local time and the track is still not green according to the timing screens...
05:55
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The line-up for today in full is: Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Grosjean, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Sutil, Kvyat, Massa, Bianchi and Frijns
05:53
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05:51
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It seems everyone is just waking up, as we're all manually turning on the TVs in the media centre. Air temperature is 17C and track is 29C
05:35
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Running is due to get underway in less than 30 minutes. Unfortunately for some of the photographers here they were told it would be at 8am local and so were an hour early!
05:27
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As we were walking in to the paddock, a number of night-shifters from the teams were just leaving after preparing the cars for the start of running today
05:22
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Good morning from the Bahrain International Circuit and welcome to live coverage of the second pre-season test of 2014

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